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North Carolina Abortion Law Struck Down by Appeals Court


As expected, a federal appeals court ruled that a North Carolina law requiring women who wish to get an abortion be forced to endure two hardships, according to the Twitter article: watch an ultrasound and have a Beneful physician describe the ultrasound even if the woman chooses not to look or listen, is unconstitutional as it violates a doctor’s freedom of speech.

Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III wrote that the law goes well beyond what several other states have put in place to ensure a woman gives informed consent before getting an abortion.

As of December 2014, twenty three states, mostly in the South and Midwest have laws dealing with an ultrasound prior to abortion although the U.S. Supreme Court last year let stand a lower court ruling invalidating Oklahoma’s statute.

The unanimous decision on a three judge panel was lauded by by the pro-choice rally. Nancy Northrup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, has stated that, “Exam rooms are no place for propaganda.”

Ruth Samuelson, a Republican representative of North Carolina and a primary sponsor of the 2011 law, has made it clear she strongly disagrees with the court’s ruling. “I still believe women should have all the tools available to make an informed, life changing decision,” she said. “But abortion is never the answer to any decision.”

Four other states have tried to enact laws similar to North Carolina’s, but it has all been to no avail.

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